to May 1


We would like to announce that the earliest crop green tea for 2018 will arrive this week! It will be available online and in-store.
Here at SHUHARI Café, we are celebrating our First Flush Green Tea from Japan.  First Flush Green Tea, or Shin-cha (in Japanese), is made from the very first tea harvest of the growing season. We import this First Flush Green Tea by air to California right after the fresh green tea leaves have been picked in Japan. This seasonal green tea can only be purchased once a year.

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to Dec 31

Matcha Recipe

Recommended Matcha Menu

Matcha is popular all around the world, and can be enjoyed in many different ways. In addition to being an elegant traditional style of Japanese tea, this bitter sweet powder is also delicious when used in hot drinks, sweets, and even snacks! Here are a few great ways to enjoy matcha at home.


Matcha in Drinks


Matcha Latte

1 tsp (1.6g) Maeda-en Matcha Green Tea Powder
7 oz Milk or soy milk
Sweetener (optional)

1. Combine 1 tsp (3g) of Matcha with 7 oz hot* milk or soy milk.
2. Add your favorite sweetener.
3. Whisk until well combined and frothy.
*If you make Iced Matcha Latte, please add milk or soy milk.



Matcha Ginger Frappe

1 tsp (1.6g) Maeda-en Matcha Green Tea Powder
1 1/4 cups and 3 Tbsp Hot water
5 Tbsp condensed milk
1/2 oz Candied ginger

1. Pour 1 Tbsp of condensed milk and 3 pieces of candied ginger into a tea cup.
2. Mix the Matcha and 3 Tbsp of hot water in a cup, and stir briskly until the consistency becomes smooth. Then add 1 1/4 cup hot water to mixture and stir again.
3. Pour evenly into each of 5 tea cups.



Matcha in Sweets


Matcha Blancmange

For the Blancmange
1 Tbsp (5g) Maeda-en Matcha Green Tea Powder
1 1/2 envelope of unflavored gelatin
5 Tbsp water
1 cup milk
1.5 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup sugar
For Red Bean Topping
5 Tbsp sweetened red bean paste
whipped cream for garnish
For the Matcha Sauce
1 Tbsp (5g) Maeda-en Matcha Green Tea Powder
3 Tbsp lukewarm water
1.5 Tbsp sugar                                                                            

1. Mix Matcha sauce ingredients together and cool in refrigerator.
2. Disperse the gelatin in water. Let stand 10 minutes until softened.
3. Whisk half of the heavy cream to a stiff peak.
4. Heat milk, sugar and remainder of the heavy cream over medium heat in saucepan, whisking constantly.
5. Add the Matcha powder very gradually, pouring it through a strainer.
6. Remove from heat and add softened gelatin, stirring continuously until gelatin dissolves completely to make Blancmange.
7. Place the pan over a bowl of ice water, fold the heavy cream into the mixture.
8. Pour the Blancmange into a dessert size bowl.
9. Refrigerate until firm.
10. To serve, decorate the top of Blancmange with whipped cream and sweetened red bean paste, pouring Matcha sauce on side.



Matcha Cream Puff

For Matcha Cream Puff
1 cup Butter (regular butter)
1 cup Boiling water
1 cup All purpose flour
4 Eggs, unbeaten
Custard Cream filling (Ingredients and Directions Below)

For Toppings
Powdered sugar
Maeda-en Matcha Green Tea Powder

1. Preheat oven to 425 F degrees. Combine butter and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
2. Add flour and salt, all at once; stir vigorously until ball forms in center of pan.  Add eggs, one at a time; beat well after each addition. Mixture should be very stiff.
3. Drop spoonfuls onto a buttered cookie sheet. Bake until free from beads of moisture.

For Custard Cream Filling
8 oz whipping cream
1 package (approx. 3 1/2 oz) instant pudding mix
1 1/3 cups milk
1 1/2 or 2 tsp Matcha Powder

1. Whip the cream until stiff: set aside. Beat the pudding mix and milk together for 2 min. Fold into the whipping cream.
2. Small dessert size: Bake at 375 F degrees for 30 min. Then, change to 350 F degrees for 10 min.
3. Cool, split and fill cooled pugs with filling. Shells may be filled with softened ice cream, sweetened whipped cream or cream puff filling.
4. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and Matcha powder.



Matcha Macaroons


For the Macaroon Dough
2 Tbsp (10g) Maeda-en Matcha Green Tea Powder sifted (for a green color)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups powder sugar
7 oz egg white
1/2 lbs almond powder
For Matcha Cream Cheese
2/3 tsp (1.1g) Maeda-en Matcha Green Tea Powder (sifted)
5.3 oz cream cheese
3 Tbsp granulated sugar

1. In a large bowl, whip egg whites until foamy. Increase the kitchen mixer speed to high and gradually add granulated sugar and Green Tea Powder. Continue to whip to stiff peaks - the whites should be firm and shiny.
2. Fold the sifted almond powder into the mixture and knead until the dough is very smooth.
3. Spoon the batter into your pastry bag, and start squeezing onto parchment paper. Let dry at room temperature for about half an hour.
4. Bake, in a 350 F degrees oven for 6 to 7 minutes, then lower the temperature to 300 F degrees and bake another 13 to 15 minutes. While baking, open the oven door twice to let out the moisture.
5. Remove macaroons from oven and transfer parchment sheets to a cooling rack. when cool, gently peel the parchment off the backs.
6. Pair macaroons of similar size, and spread well-mixed Matcha cream cheese filling onto one of the macaroon, then cover with the other similar size macaroons to make a sandwich. Serve at room temperature.



Matcha as a Snack


Matcha Dip

1 tsp (1.6g) Maeda-en Matcha Green Tea Powder
7 oz cream cheese
1.8 oz sour cream
1 tsp Kombu-cha (seaweed powdered tea)
6 Tbsp broken walnut
3 Tbsp chives
3 tsp ground red pepper
5 dashes sea salt

1. Remove the cream cheese from the refrigerator before use to allow it to soften.
2. Mix sifted Matcha and Kombu-cha.
Add to the cream cheese and sour cream and blend thoroughly.
3. Add red pepper and chives to the paste and mix lightly.
4. Refrigerate. When cold, serve with a garnish of walnuts, chives and red peppers.
Serve with vegetables or your favorite crackers.


Matcha Rice Krispy

6 cups Popped rice cereal
10 oz Marshmallows
3 Tbsp Butter
3 tsp Maeda-en Matcha Green Tea Powder
3 Tbsp Dried raspberry

1. Melt butter and marshmallows over med heat in a large saucepan.
2. Once completely melted, add Matcha and mix again.
3. Remove from heat and mix in cereal and dried raspberry, stir until well.
4. Pour the mixture into a parchment paper lined baking dish and let cool for 10 -15 minutes before serving.
So what do you think? Whether used in drinks, or infused into sweets and snacks, Matcha is a tasty treat that can be enjoyed by men, women, kids and adults alike.

I greatly encourage you to try some for yourself!

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to Nov 30

All about Matcha

How much do you know about matcha?


When it comes to Japanese food, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Sushi, Ramen, or Udon…perhaps?  These are all great choices, but for many people the answer is matcha!  Matcha is an elegant and easy to drink Japanese style tea.  These days it has become popular around the world as a flavoring ingredient for lattes, ice cream, and many other sweet treats.  Despite its popularity, there are few people (even Japanese) who could tell you what matcha really is.  Today, I would like to talk about why matcha so special.


Basics of Matcha

Matcha is made by grinding bittersweet green tea into a fine powder, and mixing it together with hot water.  Basically, matcha is a special style of green tea.  However, no other tea in the world is prepared as scrupulously and carefully as matcha.  Although matcha is quite bitter on its own, it goes exceptionally well with milk and sugars so it tastes great in lattes, candies, and many other types of sweet treats!

Matcha around the World

Invented in Japan, matcha is of course enjoyed by nearly all Japanese people.  It has been an integral part of traditional Japanese tea ceremonies since the Heian era, and is a familiar treat for tea aficionados and amateurs alike.  In recent years matcha’s popularity has spread worldwide and is used in everything from ice cream to baked goods. There are even special all matcha themed cafes!

What Makes Matcha Great

Matcha is not only delicious, but good for your health as well.  Matcha is often referred to as one of the healthiest teas you can drink.  Because the leaves are ground up and mixed directly in with hot water, none of the tea’s natural nutrients are lost during the brewing process.

As you can see, there’s a lot to love when it comes to matcha.  Healthy and delicious, matcha is a great way to experience one of Japan’s many subtle charms.  I hope this guide made it easy to see why matcha is loved by people all across the globe.  If bitter is not your thing, I encourage you to try matcha out with some sweets or in ice cream first!

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Winners Announcement for Matcha Recipe Contest
to Oct 31

Winners Announcement for Matcha Recipe Contest

We are pleased to announce that the winners of Instagram Matcha Recipe Contest. 

Category A: Beverages (special lattes, smoothies, drinks etc.)
1st place, One (1) 
cleaneating_jp   Hot matcha red bean drink
2nd place, One (1) 
avocadomariko   Healthy smoothie
3rd place, Five (5)
tanisgrice   my favorite matcha
vegandakota   matcha latte
illyafriedman   Magic Matcha Milkshake
anastasia_lang_photos   matcha latte
lovablekuma   Matcha Jello with Condense Milk

Category B: Sweets (cakes, pies, cookies etc.)
1st place, One (1) 
marikosdeli   Matcha Christmas Tree Cake
2nd place, One (1) 
sb.bykatrina   matcha cake 
3rd place, Five (5)
annalyssamariaaa   matcha blondies
careyk320   macha cake
cleaneating_jp   Matcha cashew cheese cake
mahinahinan   Green Tea Mousse
tracykumo   matcha marble chocolate

Category C: Savory Dishes (pasta, pizza etc.)
1st place, One (1) 
lovablekuma   Savory Matcha Crostini
2nd place, One (1) 
__biken__   Matcha Fried Chicken
3rd place, Five (5)
kdbraddell   Matcha Kissed Creamy Broccoli Soup
marikosdeli   Layered Matcha Rice Salad Recipe
shibukisf   matcha tempura
threadsofinsanity   Steamed Fish with Matcha Sauce
tsukamo_chan   Green Tea Udon

For their outstanding work they will receive the following prize:

1st place, One (1) $100 Shuhari Gift Card or Promotional Code
2nd place, One (1) $50 Shuhari Gift Card or Promotional Code
3rd place, Five (5) $20 Shuhari Gift Card or Promotional Code

We also want to thank all of the participants who entered; we received many outstandingphotos. 

Congratulations, Everyone!

1st place, One (1) Category B: Sweets (cakes, pies, cookies etc.)   marikosdeli   Matcha Christmas Tree Cake

1st place, One (1) Category B: Sweets (cakes, pies, cookies etc.)
marikosdeli Matcha Christmas Tree Cake

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Instagram Matcha Recipe Contest
to Sep 29

Instagram Matcha Recipe Contest

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Healthy Matcha recipes are limitless.
Share your own recipe and win a prize!

Instagram Matcha Recipe Contest
Twenty-one (21) winners will receive Shuhari Gift Gard!
Enter between September 1 and September 30, 2017

To Enter:
1. Follow @shuharicafe
2. Create your own matcha recipe
3. Post your recipe with pictures or video
4. Tag #matchagenic + @shuharicafe

1st place, One (1) $100 Shuhari Gift Card
2nd place, One (1) $50 Shuhari Gift Card
3rd place, Five (5) $20 Shuhari Gift Card
* Winner can choose either Gift Card or Promotional Code for Shuhari Matcha Cafe online store 
* Seven (7) in each category will be selected by us based on creativity and presentation.

Category A: Beverages (special lattes, smoothies, drinks etc.)
Category B: Sweets (cakes, pies, cookies etc.)
Category C: Savory Dishes (pasta, pizza etc.)
* Winner will be announced on October 6, 2017 on our Instagram feed.
* We will share the winning photo or video on our Instagram feed.
* We will notify the winner via email or directly on Instagram. Explain how to collect the prize.
* If you need Matcha powder, pick it up in the store or email us with your name, address and Instagram account for FREE! First-come, first-served.
* No purchase necessary.
* Contest opens to U.S residence, age 18 and up.


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‘Fly Me to Japan’ Sweepstakes Award Ceremony
3:00 PM15:00

‘Fly Me to Japan’ Sweepstakes Award Ceremony

In conjunction with All Nippon Airways, we are incredibly excited to host an award ceremony to present our ‘Fly Me to Japan’ Sweepstakes’ grand prize winner, Carissa Caparas, with two complimentary round-trip tickets to Japan.  

To celebrate our connection with Japan, we launched the ‘Fly Me to Japan’ Sweepstakes during our grand opening activities back in July. Our customers were granted the opportunity to enter to win two round-trip tickets to Japan, courtesy of All Nippon Airways, to experience and understand SHUHARI’s rich Japanese heritage.

The CEO of SHUHARI’s parent company, Maeda-en USA and a representative from All Nippon Airways will present the local winner, Carissa Caparas, with the grand prize in store.

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